Ice Snow (#edcmooc)

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Karl May

Ice Snow

Yesterday, it snowed. Last night, it rained. This morning we woke to new snow covered by a thin layer of ice like syrup poured over frozen sugar. I had a childhood love/hate relationship with this kind of snow. Working carefully (tough job for a kid) I could lift slabs of the ice. In perfect conditions they were like poured glass. For some reason the ice fascinated me. Looking through it changed the landscape. When I tired of looking at it, I could break it into smaller pieces and sail it like frisbees. The ice also had a mean side. It broke beneath my feet and sharp edges painfully nicked ankles. Falling, a common side-effect of running, sledding and otherwise enjoying winter, into ice snow resulted in cuts on cheeks and wrists; wounds frequently not evident until after play when cold numbed skin warmed in front of the stove.

My last post was an essay written for the E-Learning and Digital Cultures offering by I will not be posting those essays here again. The tone and topic do not fit what I intend for this blog. Instead, using my alter-ego Chrome Poet, I am posting the essays at Cow Dot Chromepoet where, if you are interested, I posted a follow-on to the first essay. Writing the second essay proved as difficult as the first. I suspect reading it feels only slightly, if at all, easier. As I noted in the first essay, I do not find the current focus interesting. In the second, I think I explain why better than I did in the first. Though the essay appears at and has a Chrome Poet byline, it was written by the Karl May side of my brain. I think a Chrome Poet version would be more entertaining albeit less polite or politically correct.

I would recommend avoiding the second essay but my ego is great. Having written and posted the essay, I would like to think someone read it. I doubt other students will.

Now, off to something real, shoveling ice snow. Thank you for stopping by.

6 responses to “Ice Snow (#edcmooc)”

  1. Andy Poupart says:

    Beautifully designed site, Karl. And an interesting read.!

  2. Karl E May says:

    Thank you. Very much.

  3. Karl E May says:


  4. Terry says:

    Loved the imagery of what happens when playing in the ice/snow. Brought back childhood memories and a touch of sadness that often children in their more controlled, classes external to school life may not have the opportunity to explore and feel a bit of the nicks and scratches you describe.

  5. Karl E May says:

    Yes. We had, and took, the opportunity to risk bruises, scratches and the occasional broken bone … at the same time directly experiencing a perpetually changing universe. Thank you for your comment.

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